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Ulcerate, Zhrine, Phobocosm, Vukari Recommended 17+ Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Image

When: Sun., Nov. 27, 7 p.m. 2016

New Zealand technical-metal band Ulcerate bill themselves as “unorthodox,” which basically means they toss a bunch of doom and a pinch of black into their death. The result isn’t exactly unfamiliar—old, crusty demonic warhorses like Autopsy are obvious touchstones, and Ulcerate certainly aren’t pushing the boundaries of metal like Mastery or Liturgy. Still, even if the novelty is a little oversold, their fifth full-length, Shrines of Paralysis (Relapse Records), released at the end of October, is pleasingly feral. “Abrogation” is a lumbering, lurching, chiming roar, with trancelike passages that are split apart by whiplash-inducing prog breaks suitable for elephantine headbanging. “Bow to Spite”—a wonderful metal-song title—uses a brief two minutes to crawl farther down the gullet of doom, emphasized by howling, eerie feedback that sounds like a pack of wolves drowning in sludge. The band’s great dirty, scraping guitar sound reprepresents the ugly, clotted, evil noise that metal inherited from Iggy and now claims as its own. Smart, heavy, and fierce, Ulcerate fulfill the promise to burst your eardrums and blacken your soul.

Noah Berlatsky

Price: $18, $15 in advance

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